Dental Terminology

Click on a letter for the list of terms beginning with that letter. This glossary contains a list of words or terms that may help you get a handle on the world of dental care.



in the construction of crowns or pontics, a layer of tooth-colored material, usually, but not limited to, composite, porcelain, ceramic or acrylic resin, attached to the surface by direct fusion, cementation, or mechanical retention; also refers to a restoration that is luted to the facial surface of a tooth.


any of a series of surgical procedures designed to increase relative alveolar ridge height.

Vision Insurance

Similar to health or dental insurance, vision insurance provides coverage for issues related to eye health. There are a wide variety of plans available with and without copayments from a number of companies. Most vision insurance policies include yearly exams and full or partial coverage for glasses, contacts, and sunglasses.